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Rossini – Semiramide Overture

Video-masterclass with: Christopher Green – First Piccolo of the Royal Opera House Orchestra (Covent Garden)

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Rossini - Semiramide Overture

by Prague Sinfonia Orchestra | Naxos Regular CD

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  • Rossini, Semiramide Overture


  • 1823

First Performance: 

  • La Fenice in Venice on 3 February 1823.

Brief history: 

  • Rossini’s opera was based on a Voltaire tragedy. The music took the form of a return to vocal traditions of Rossini’s youth, and was a melodrama in which he “recreated the baroque tradition of decorative singing with unparalleled skill”. The ensemble-scenes (particularly the duos between Arsace and Semiramide) and choruses are of a high order, as is the orchestral writing, which made full use of the large pit in the La Fenice Theatre.

Audio Excerpt from:

  • Label: Naxos
  • Artists: Prague Sinfonia Orchestra

Video lesson by:

  • Christopher Green

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